Contains two theatres (City Center Stage 1 and City Center Stage 2). The building, with its unique Moorish facade, was built as a Masonic Temple (home to Ancient and Accepted Order of the Mystic Shrine). It was slated for demolition in 1943 but saved by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The New York City Center of Music and Drama opened that same year.
Both the New York City Opera and the New York City Ballet started at City Center before moving to Lincoln Center.
In the early 1970s, it was slated for demolition again. It was saved and given landmark status. Today it is home to the Manhattan Theatre Club and City Center's Encores! series.
The 2011 renovation reduced the seating capacity from 2,750 to 2,255.